Gaucho tour with asado

Gaucho tour with asado

Gaucho tour with asado is one of the most authentic Argentine experiences that you can have in the vast Pampas

 

The Argentine beef is most important foodie attraction in Argentina, and specially where it was originally born: in the legendary pampas where the cows where grazing for centuries.

 

The animals:

The spanish conquerors brought the first bovine animals to Argentina in 1552; they were seven cows and a bull and they were brought from Paraguay.

 

All the livestock brought to the Rio de la Plata during the sixteenth century were of Spanish origin, that is, of the Iberian type, especially Castilian and Andalusian races, from central and southern Spain, from the neighbouring districts of the ports from where the ships left for the New World.

 

These animals descend from the longhorn Hamitic cattle, domesticated in Egypt about BC 4000 and taken to Spain from northern Africa.

 

Used mainly as draft animals, they were not bred for their meat or their milk. At that time, commerce did not demand any other qualities than those these animals had, that is the reason why they continued reproducing themselves without any purpose of improvement.

 

The pampas were soon occupied by these cattle and since they could not be retained because fo their character, they roamed the pampas, multiplying in freedom and adapting themselves to the favourable environment.

 

Our Criollo race, which so closely resembles the cattle introduced by the Spaniards, developed from these animals.

They can still be found in the North of the county, in mountain areas and in scrublands of scarce vegetation.

 

The first vaquerías ( primitive estancias ) were created at that time. On these farms, the animals were caught in the field only for their leather, which was exported to Europe.

 

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The Buenos Aires gaucho tour with asado

 

The rest of the animal was left to rot in the field. It was also fairly common that the gauchos (nomadic horsemen of the Pampas ) slaughtered the animals with the only purpose of eating their tongues.

 

The commercial activity began in 1602, with the creation of the saladeros (places where the meat was salted in order to preserve it) that devoted themselves to the production of tasajo (dried or jerked meat).

With the first introduction of British animals, in 1823, a new era of cattle raising began in Argentina.

 

The animals brought from Britain belonged to the small red bodied Celtic race, which had been used as draft animals, and which had been crossed on cattle from northern Italy and Gaul and taken to Britain by the Romans.

 

In 1823, the English John Miller introduced the first Shorthorn bull to Argentina. It was called Tarquin. This bull imprinted type and increase in the rate of weight gain and mature size to our Criollo livestock, and its descendants.

 

Extracted from the book written by Mónica Gloria Hoss de le Comte: Buy Argentina beef book here: http://www.tematika.com/libros/

 

Authentic gaucho experience: gaucho tour with asado

The Buenos Aires gaucho tour with asado argentine beef is the authentic gaucho experience in the pampas in the Province of Buenos Aires includes a visit to the San Antonio de Areco town and then to the gaucho ranch for enjoying the most typical argentine lunch of a variety of meat and beef with wine, beer or just sodas.

More photos and information here: Full Day Tour Estancia with Argentine Beef

 

We are locals of San Antonio de Areco born in Argentina that for our entire life we were accumulating special knowledge and life stories in farms, gauchos history and typical traditions.

 

Buenos Aires gaucho tour with asado argentine beef is based in visiting one of the oldest towns in Argentina that became the most traditional one, which means a typical gaucho community, with its rural life, economy and customs, making a real old fashioned experience

 

gauchos ranch horseback riding buenos aires tour

 

It is an exclusive Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado with focus in the gaucho and rural life, while enjoying the original way of cooking the delicious and famous Argentina beef, just in a way that makes the experience a sustainable tour.

 

If you would like to book this tour: Full description and photos of the Gaucho tour schedule

 

We will be picking you up in Buenos Aires in the morning in comfortable vehicles.

 

And once in the gaucho village, we will start introducing you to many local people and their places like bars and workshops during the morning.

By midday we will move to the ranch Estancia El Ombu: we will offer you empanadas with drinks, will show you how we are cooking your beef, meat, and sausages with an explanation, then horseback or cart riding , the asado lunch and live folcloric music, ending with a demonstration of gaucho skill with a horse

 

 

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This Buenos Aires gaucho tour with argentine beef asado program includes:
– Transfer from Buenos Aires picking you up in your apartment or hotel
– Tickets for the gaucho Museum in San Antonio de Areco town
– Bilingual local Tour guide (Argentine)
– All the food and drinks mentioned are included
– Horseback ride or if you prefer a carriage ride with the company of the gauchos: How is the horseback riding in the Estancia

 

If you prefer to take a Tour focused in the Colonial Architecture of the gaucho town

 

Author: Guillermo Gonzalez Guereno

 

How to organically dyeing gauchos ponchos

How to organically dyeing gauchos ponchos

The organically way of dyeing gauchos ponchos has been kept this way for centuries.

 

Families of dyers zealously kept the secrets of their organical dyeing for gauchos ponchos techniques, that were only transmitted from one generation to the next, within the same family.
The dyeing native method is still based on three pillars: the washing, the use of mordants and the soaking of textiles in the dye bath.

 

tour colors poncho gaucho

Artesana Isabel

 

In order to avoid problems when dyeing, the preparations of the skeins is of crucial importance. If we want to achieve an even colour, the skeins must have approximately the same weight, be loosely wound and tied, and the threads have to be kept separate.
Once the wool has been washed and the grease is removed, the process of dyeing gaucho ponchos can begin.
The function of mordants is to allow a better penetration of the dye into the fibre; it also makes colours resistant to the action of light, water and rubbing.

 

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Artesana Isabel

 

When the skeins are soaked in the dye bath they have to be evenly wet; the dyestuff correctly diluted in water and the water has to be hot.
A trick to enhance the shade of the colour is to rub ashes into the dyed wool so that it gets evenly impregnated and to soak it again in the dye bath.

 

Dye elements used by our aboriginal ancestors in Argentina:
The seat of honour is for cochineal, the dried, pulverized bodies of certain female scale insects, “Dactylopius coccus”. This is a cactus-eating insect, native to tropical and subtropical America

 

 

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Artesana Isabel

 

Another important one was indigo, a leguminous bush which is the raw material for a paste that produces blue colour. It grew in subtropical and temperate zones and were used by Pampa and Araucano Indians.

 

Many plants were also used as dyes in order to dyeing gauchos ponchos :
For purple: Piquillín, Cardón, Amarantus. For violet: Maqui, Palo rosa. Brown: Visco, algarrobo. Yellow: Pico de gallo, Quilcha, Aguaribay. Green: Jarrilla, Laurel, Tala, Molle. Black: Espinillo, Paracá, Guayacán.

 

gaucho textiles

Artesana Isabel

 

Based in many different colors the ladies were weaving the ponchos of the gauchos, that were used for every day task at the Estancia or while herding the cattle in a tour through the Buenos Aires pampa.

 

Every design and mix of colors had a different meaning because the place were it was manufactured, because the person weaving it, and about the status of the native or gaucho wearing the poncho.

 

Extracted from the book: Argentine Textiles by Taranto/Marí: Buy the book here

 

For experiencing this artisanal process and some others from our local artisans in their own workshops in San Antonio de Areco you can take this unique Tour: Cultural & Arts Legacy of the Gauchos Full Day Tour

Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes. Origins

Gaucho museum Ricardo Güiraldes. Origins

The Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum and Criollo Park is in the City of San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, approximately 112km away from the City of Buenos Aires down the Nacional Route 8.

 

It was founded and built by the government of the province and it opened in 1938. It takes the name of Ricardo Güiraldes to honor the novel Don Segundo Sombra, published in 1926.

 

The Museum was founded and built by the government of the Province of Buenos Aires.

It was inaugurated in 1938 and was named after the poet and writer Ricardo Güiraldes, the author of the novel “Don Segundo Sombra” which was published in 1926. Güiraldes died in 1927 and was buried in the local cemetery, as was the main character of his book, Don Segundo Sombra.

 

This institution provides insight into the country´s past, particularly in connection with the gaucho, his habits, traditions, lifestyle, attire and riding gear and focuses on the gaucho´s contribution in building the country´s greatness and folkloric tradition.

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Museo – PH: Felipe Monse

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Built in honor of Ricardo Güiraldes, the items exhibited at the Museum portray the personality and literary works of this great writer. The material exhibited at the museum also covers other aspects associated with the town´s history.

 

The Gaucho museum hall pays homage to the gaucho and his attire and saddle gear. There are exhibits of stirrups, bridles, spurs and cowbells. Also ponchos, boleadoras, lassoes, chifles, leather trunks and photographs of local gauchos.

 

The Ricardo Güiraldes Rooms reflect how the first silversmith settled in Buenos Aires at the end of the XVI century. A similar handicraft to the one in Upper Peru was developed in this area in the XVII and XVIII centuries. There were many Spanish and Portuguese silversmiths.

 

When Argentina was organizing itself as an independent nation, cattle breeding began to be intensified. Thus, the symbols of the Argentinian country appeared, one of them is the gaucho in this gaucho museum.

There are daily Full Day Private tours to this gaucho museum and to the traditional historical town of San Antonio de Areco: Tour to Gaucho Museum and Colonial Town

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Museo – PH: Felipe Monse

 

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